Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

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Christmas Illumination of Namba Parks has started.

It has been delightful except the year of 2012

The Christmas Tree this year is called “Fairy Tree”.

It changes colors.

On the south side, there is a waterfall image of illumination.

It gets dark all of a sudden.

In the dark, it starts to snow!!!

There is a good spot ready for your photo.

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# by berry-raspberry | 2015-11-23 00:30 | Osaka City- Naniwa | Trackback | Comments(0)
Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine right after the sunset.

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# by berry-raspberry | 2015-10-22 00:33 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Trackback | Comments(0)
I take local trains of Nankai Main Line from Namba Station at least twice a week.

Locan train means it stops at every station.

Nankai Main Line, in Japanese, Nakai Honsen has Kansai Airport Station, and there are many tourists using this line.

It’s easy to go to the city from the airport, but it seems it is not easy to get back to the airport.

I am sometimes asked by a tourist whether or not this train goes to Kansai Airport, in a local train at Namba Station where I am not supposed to meet the people who are heading for the airport.

From Namba Station,

Only the trains whose destination is Kansai Airport go to Kansai Airport.
There are many destistinations. You have to choose the one which says “Kansai Airport”.

Do not take the train which does not say “Kansai Airport”.

Yeah, English letters are so small.

There are 3 kinds of Airport lines:

1.Rapid: super express train. It takes about 40 minutes to the airport.
You have to pay additional 510 yen, but it is very comfortable and there is space for luggage. If you have a lot of luggage, you should take this one.
It leaves from Platform Number 9

2.Express train. It takes about 50 minutes.
It starts at Platform Number 5 or 6.
Take the train which says "Kansai Airport"

3.Local train. It take about 90 minutes.
It leaves from platform number 7 or 8. Local trains leaves right next to the Platform for Rapid, so many people get confused that this one would go to the airport.
Some of them do, but others don’t.

Time Table

Have a nice trip when you come to Osaka!!!

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# by berry-raspberry | 2015-09-28 13:39 | Osaka | Trackback | Comments(0)

Early Summer in Gion, Kyoto

Hanami-koji Area of Gion, Kyoto is the town where there are many highly-ranked Japanese traditional style restaurants.

Only a certain number of group of people enjoy there with the entertainers called Maiko (younger), or Geiko (older).

These exclusive places usually don’t welcome first time visitors.

In the day time, there are many tourists walking.

At night time, you may encounter real Maiko-sans.

Definitely, there are more taxis than people.

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# by berry-raspberry | 2015-08-13 13:41 | Kyoto | Trackback | Comments(0)

New Hankai Tramway Route Map

I have written about Hankai Tramway a lot, and a lot of people accessed to the map I have remade for the people who can't read Japanese.

I have noticed that Hankai Tramway developed their website and they have bilingual route map!!!
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Hankai Tramway Route Map

If you clidk the station's name, you can get the time table of the station you choose.

A lot of things have changed.

The fare is 210 yen.
For one day pass, Teku Teku Kippu, it's still the same 600 yen.

The station's name "Minamikasumi-cho" changed to "Shin Imamiya Ekimae Station."

You can go from Tennoji to Sakai directly now, which was not available in the past.

(Abeno Harukas at night)

Anyway, it has got more convenient!!!!

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# by berry-raspberry | 2015-03-21 23:59 | Osaka | Trackback | Comments(0)

Old Houses in Kishu Road

Kishu Road is one of the old road, which runs from Wakayama to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine in Osaka.

During the New Year Holidays, I wandered around Kishu Road area in northern Sakai City, where Hankai Tramway is running.

Here are some pictures of old houses.
There is a long history in Sakai City.

This is about 400 years old house, and now it's a tea room owned by Japanese Tea compoany "Tsuboichi".

This looks like an old house, but it's actually the Museum of "Hamono"

Hamono means bladed objects like knives and swards.
In Edo era, Sakai produced a lot of traditional crafts and still now, they have produced knives.

Professional chefs like to use ones from Sakai.

I saw Martha Stewart using one when I watched her show on TV.

This museum opens every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It's between Myokokuji-mae Station and Hanataguchi Station of Hankai Tramway.

Western Style "Retro Building" near the Yamato River.

I think Sakai City is a visitor friendly place.

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# by berry-raspberry | 2015-01-05 13:48 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Trackback | Comments(0)
Believe it or not, Osaka produces grapes.

It used be the 2nd grape production prefecture in Japan long time ago, but still now, it’s Osaka’s agricultural specialty.

There are vineyards in eastern part of Osaka prefecture which is called Kawachi Region and some of them are for wineries.

There was the event to celebrate 100th anniversary of Katashimo Winery last month.

Would you like to taste Osaka Wine?

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# by berry-raspberry | 2014-12-07 18:40 | Osaka Pref Kashiwara | Trackback | Comments(0)